This is a thinking out loud post. I have now received 2 other rulesets and have had a chance to look through them. I have some pressure to go with a set in the short term as myself and Iannick at Clash of Empires are planning to have our first WWII game at the end of August. WWII gaming is completely unknown to both of us and I have tasked myself with the scenario, rules and figures.
There are 2 major pressures: Getting the figures done and picking the ruleset. I have pretty well completed the DAK forces for a starter scenario, and am well on the way to completing the Allied force. I do not see that as a problem. I also have a basic scenario with an OB already in the works. So a ruleset.......the great unknown!
In the short term, 2 things seem to be standing out as important factors. Number of figures and vehicles (I can not paint up hundreds of figures and vehicles in the next 2 months) and the simplicity of the rules. In respect to number of figures, I find that I can easily put together a starter OB for IABSM and Rapid Fire. Just can not get interested in FoW, too many supernumerary figures.
I downloaded I Ain't Been Shot, Mom (IABSM) a couple of days ago, I have always been intrigued by card driven sets and blinds, great stuff. Liked both Field of Battle and Le Feu Sacre, but FoB missed some detail for me and I found LFS a little complicated and did not like the basing. IABSM looks like a real cool set and the support group is enormously helpful. It need few figures as it is at the company level. I keep on hearing though that for beginner, it may be a little tough as a lot of the rules are up for interpretation, which is cool with me, but I have no experience and and maybe we should start with something a little more rigid.
I received the Rapid Fire set in the mail yesterday, and I was absolutely blown away by the format and the production quality. One could say that this is Lasalle on steroids; the rules are laid out beautifully, all mechanisms are explained simply and the production quality is quite impressive. Look at this.:
It is nice. The ruleset is at the battalion level, but uses very few figures, a company is generally 8 figures, including heavy weapons. Additionally, there are 2 starter scenarios of with basic rules and one with advanced rules. Both scenarios are run through for a complete game in great detail, this is really how rule books should be done. I wish some of the new Napoleonic sets would have done this. The book has multiple organisation charts which are much more elegantly laid out than even FoW. I also purchased their North Africa support book.
This is wow! Plenty of scenarios and amazing organisational charts for several nations and units. Great stuff.
So what to do, what to do? Well I think I will construct a starter OB and scenario that is doable for both rules (it is actually pretty simple) and have a little go with each set before the end of August when I head to Montreal. Any thoughts?
I will try to get some photos of my new units up soon.